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De Ruyter Dutch Admiral by J. R. Bruijn


De Ruyter Dutch Admiral by J. R. Bruijn

Was Michiel de Ruyter the greatest sea commander who ever lived? Or simply the greatest sea-commander of the 17th century? Some people see him as the man who saved the Dutch Republic, and ensured its independence. He knew how to fight a sea-battle on the grandest scale. He could also haggle like a canny Dutch merchant, achieving the release of Hungarian clergymen from Spanish captivity and that of Dutch sailors from barbarian imprisonment. Louis XIV, often his opponent, called him 'a man who did honour to humanity'. In this book, nine leading historical authorities, from seven different countries, examine his astonishing career.

About the Author

Jacobus Ruurd Jaap Bruijn is one of the best known and respected Dutch maritime historians. He was professor of maritime history at the University of Leiden from 1979 until his retirement in 2003. During his 41-year teaching career as The Netherlands' only university professor of maritime history, he guided the doctoral theses of no fewer than 43 graduate students. He completed his doctorate in 1970 at the University of Leiden with a thesis on De Admiraliteit van Amsterdam in rustige jaren, 1713-1751. In 1974-75, while associate professor of history at Leiden, he was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2001, the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis named a prize in his honor, the J.R. Bruijn Prize, which was first awarded in 2003, is given for an outstanding undergraduate theses in the field of maritime history.

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Publication date

9th February 2012


J. R. Bruijn

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Karwansaray BV


280 pages


Biography: historical, political & military
European history
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Maritime history
Military history



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